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green parrotlets photoAbout Parrotlets

Whoever coined the saying "good things come in small packages" probably had a Parrotlet as a pet. In spite of their small size (around 4 inches long), these little characters have all the personality and character of their larger cousins, the Amazons. Pronounced "Parrot-let" meaning little Parrot. Parrotlets are the smallest of the Amazon Parrots.

Parrotlets are amazing, intelligent, adaptable, energetic and are capable of speaking just like Parrots. (See audio clips below) And because they can not scream, Parrotlets can easily be kept in a small apartment without fear of complaints.
Overall, they are one of the quietest hook bills you can keep.

Parrotlet Audio Clips
Parrotlets talking Step Up (Parrotlet saying, Bye Bye, Step Up, and Good Boy)
Parrotlets talking
Parrotlets talking
Parrotlets talking
Parrotlets talking
Cat Meow (Yes, this one is scary - but they will imitate any sounds they may be exposed to)
Parrotlets talking What a Parrotlet Sounds Like Normally

Parrotlet, a Devoted Companion

These hand-fed birds become completely devoted companions who enjoy spending time with their owners. Parrotlets are quite comical either playing with toys or hanging by their beaks and toes. Unlike many large Parrots, they have no problem entertaining themselves all day with their toys while their owner is at work or school. But when the owner returns, they will chirp welcome greetings and expect to come out to ride around in a pocket or hide in their owner's hair.

Parrotlets: "A Small Parrot in a Large Body"

Anyone looking for a large Parrot personality in a small Parrot body, need look no further than the Parrotlet. Parrotlets are delightful little Parrots whose antics can provide hours of entertainment as well as many years of devoted companionship.

More About Parrotlets

Source: Wikipedia

Parrotlets are a species of the smallest New World parrots, comprised of three genera. One of these genera: Forpus is growing in popularity within the world of aviculture, raising interest in the group as a whole.

General
Parrotlets are small, with a stocky build and a broad tail, much like the lovebird species of East Africa and fig parrot and pygmy parrot species of Australasia. At 4-5 inches (11-12cm) long, they are the second smallest kind of parrot in the world.
One of the most common species kept as pets is the Pacific Parrotlet. The wild type coloring for this species is green, but several color mutations have been discovered through selective breeding. Parrotlets are sexually dimorphic, meaning males can be distinguished from females. Males have markings of cobalt blue on their head, wings and tail. Females generally lack these blue markings.

These miniature parrots in the wild travel in flocks which, depending on the species can range from as low as four to over 100 birds. Most either species travel in flocks of about 5–40. This species forms strong pair bonds with mates.

Life Expectancy
With a healthy diet, much exercise and healthy environment, the Parrotlet has a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years.

Speech/Learning
They can learn more than 10–15 words and can "whistle" songs well. They have about the same speaking and whistling capabilities of a cockatiel. They are also very good learners for commands such as "step up", "kiss-kiss", "step down", and other small commands. Many can be coaxed into 'playing dead' over time, and with much practice lie on their backs on command. Some parrotlets can learn advanced tricks, but not as advanced as a Macaw or an African Grey Parrot. Having the ability to speak does not necessarily mean a bird will speak; it depends on the specific bird's personality.

Demeanor
These feisty little birds should not be overlooked in favor of more widely known types of birds; any Parrotlet owner will tell you that these birds possess all the intelligence and attitude of the largest of macaws. These birds are fairly quiet companions, making them ideal for those who live in apartments or condominiums.

Aviculture
The most commonly kept parrotlet in aviculture is by far the Pacific Parrotlet, which now has several color mutations such as yellow, blue, lutino and white. The Green Rumped, Mexican, Spectacled, and Yellow-Faced are considered to be extremely rare. Parrotlets popularity as pets has grown due to their small size and large personalities. Parrotlets are commonly known as playful birds that enjoy chewing as much as their larger Amazon Parrot counterparts. Being highly intelligent and active parrots, Parrolets must have ample opportunities to play and exercise. Environmental enrichment must be made a part of their lives as to prevent boredom. Parrotlets keep themselves more than occupied when left alone for several hours, so long as they are provided with an array of chewable and destructible toys to play with. However, when their keepers get home, they often greet them with lovely chirps and whistles to let them know they want attention.

Genera Forpus
Forpus, the most well known genus of parrotlet, includes all species of parrotlet commonly kept as pets including the Green Rumped (Deliciosus), Pacific Parrotlet (Celestial), Mexican Parrotlet, and the Spectacled Parrotlet.

Parrotlet Resources
Parrotlet Care:
Clipping Wings & Grooming of Parrotlets
Safety/Hazards for Parrotlets
Teaching Your Parrotlets to Talk
Parrotlet Breeding:
Diet for Parrotlet (Breeding Pairs)
Parrotlet Breeding Tips

Parrotlet Color Mutations (Single)

Parrotlet Color Mutations (Double)

Make Your Parrotlet Business a Success!
Egg Laying - What to Expect from your Parrotlet
Hand Feeding Your Baby Parrotlets
Stages Of Parrotlet Development
 

Parrotlets Leg Bands for Baby Parrotlets

Sexing Baby Parrotlets
Recommended Resources:
The Parrotlet Handbook
Links to Great Sites for Parrotlets
Parrotlet FAQ's:
Which are Better Pets: Parrotlet Males, Females, Colors or Mutations?
Why do some Parrotlet Colors Cost More?
Why Parrotlets are Better in a Pair?
What if my Parrotlet Tries to Bite?
What if my Parrotlet Starts Molting?
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